'Mezing' around in Wendover
PUBLISHED: 11:46 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:47 11 April 2013
What is meze? I didn't know until I went to Crumbs Coffee & Sandwich Bar in Wendover High Street and learnt that meze is, like tapas, a selection of appetisers or small dishes that can be hot or cold, spicy or savoury.
Set back from the road near the Clock Tower, by day Crumbs is a coffee bar. By night on Fridays and Saturdays, since November, it magically becomes a Turkish restaurant hosting meze nights.
With our two friends we were warmly welcomed by the owner Burhan (Bora) Arslan and his wife Nora, who does all the cooking from ingredients freshly sourced that day. Between us we shared small plates of such delights as prawn stew, meat balls and grilled haloumi cheese and stuffed vine leaves, humus and saksuka. The verdict was unanimous – delicious. A neighbouring table enthused about their main course of lamb stew served with fragrant rice with pine nuts, sultanas and cinnamon. Deserts included Baklava with its paper thin layers of pastry, chopped nuts and honey, served with ice cream, and Kadayif, a Turkish bread pudding.
The atmosphere was friendly and cosy – a celebration of good food in a relaxed, informal setting. In the summer Bora plans to serve food in the outside courtyard, which when lit will provide a delightful continental ambience.
They are happy to meet any special food requests, with some notice, and prepared to cater for a private party of up to 25 people on any evening. Take your own wine – a corkage fee of £4.95 is charged, and be sure you book in advance.
3 Town Court
Wendover HP22 6EA
Tel: 01296 622468